Davyon Johnson, an 11-year-old student in Oklahoma, saved a classmate from choking and helped a woman escape her burning home — all in one day

The Muskogee sixth grader was honored by the local police department and sheriff’s office for his heroic actions at a Board of Education meeting on Dec. 15. Officials presented Davyon with a certificate and a badge naming him an honorary member of the force, Muskogee Public Schools announced on Facebook.

For saving two lives in a single afternoon, principal Latricia Dawkins called the 11-year-old a “dual hero.”

“He is just a kind soul and well-liked by his peers and staff alike,” she said.

Davyon Johnson, 11, Saves Choking Classmate

Principal Dawkins told the local newspaper that on Dec. 9, Davyon was in a life skills class at the 6th and 7th Grade Academy in Muskogee, when one of his classmates went to refill his water bottle by taking the cap off with his mouth. 

The lid became lodged in the student’s windpipe, the principal said, and the choking student stumbled down the hallway and into Davyon’s classroom. That’s when the 11-year-old good Samaritan jumped into action. 

“Davyon immediately sprinted over and did the Heimlich maneuver,” Dawkins said. “From the account of the witnesses, when he did it the bottle cap popped out.”

An aspiring first responder, Davyon said he learned the life-saving technique from watching YouTube videos in his spare time. All he had to do, he told school officials, was get behind his choking peer, wrap his arms around and “burp him kind of.” 

“Just in case you’re in the situation I was in, you can know what to do,” the young hero added. 

“He has always indicated that he wants to be an EMT,” Dawkins told the Board of Education last week. “So he got to put that desire into action and immediately saved that young man.”

Davyon Johnson said he learned the Heimlich from watching YouTube videos before he used it to save the life of a choking classmate.
Davyon Johnson said he learned the Heimlich from watching YouTube videos before he used it to save the life of a choking classmate. Photo credit: Muskogee Public Schools

6th Grader Saves 2 Lives in One Day

After school that same day, the principal said, Davyon was walking down the sidewalk when he said he noticed flames and smoke rising from a nearby house. On the porch, a woman struggled to escape the burning home. 

“It was a disabled lady and she was walking out of her house,” Davyon explained. “She was on her porch. But I thought, being a good citizen, I would cross and help her get into her truck and leave.”

The 11-year-old helped the stranger off her porch and to her car, escaping the blaze. 

The fire began in the back of the house “but it eventually got to the front of the house,” he added. 

Hours after saving the life of a choking classmate, Davyon Johnson, 11, helped a woman escape the porch of her burning home.
Hours after saving the life of a choking classmate, Davyon Johnson, 11, helped a woman escape the porch of her burning home. Photo credit: Muskogee Public Schools

Young Hero Recognized

Authorities with the Muskogee Police Department and Sheriff’s Office joined school administrators last week to recognize the young man who saved two lives in a single afternoon. 

The school district presented Davyon with a plaque commemorating his heroism. City police presented the sixth grader a certificate naming him an honorary officer, and the county Sheriff granted him the title of junior deputy and a badge to match. 

“I felt good, excited,” he told reporters that night. 

Meanwhile, LaToya Johnson, the 11-year-old’s mother, said she was pleased but not surprised by her young son’s life-saving actions. When he grows up, Davyon wants to be an emergency medical technician just like her brother, his uncle Wendell, she said. 

“I’m just a proud mom,” she added. 

11-year-old Davyon Johnson received a heroism award and was made an honorary police officer for saving a choking student and resucing a woman from a house fire.
11-year-old Davyon Johnson received a heroism award and was made an honorary police officer for saving a choking student and rescuing a woman from a house fire. Photo credit: Muskogee Public Schools